Personality is a choice

Study whatWhich personality to which one Education leads

How much money do you have, did your parents study, are you female or male? All of this helps to decide which course of study you choose and whether you can or want to study at all. But there is another factor: your personality.

Everyone has their own personality. The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) has sorted 3,600 high school graduates into five personality categories.

  • openness
  • conscientiousness
  • Extraversion (this includes talkativeness, sociability, assertiveness)
  • compatibility
  • Neuroticism (this includes emotional lability, shyness, self-consciousness)

These five factors are a common model in psychology.

Which personality fits which subject?

The DIW study showed that people in the "Conscientious" group are particularly organized, conscientious and disciplined. Then, according to the study, it happens more often that the choice falls on the subject of medicine. "That goes very well with a good doctor," says Peter Neuhaus of Deutschlandfunk Nova.

It also goes with the fact that conscientious pupils also achieve a better final grade on average in their Abitur and thus have better chances of a place in medicine.

Another example: the more the personality trait "extravision" applies, i.e. whether someone is assertive, communicative and sociable, the more likely he or she is to tend towards law, social sciences and economics. The classic Mint subjects such as mathematics or engineering are not so interesting for them.

Examination should help with the choice of course

It is well known that parents' money and education play a role in the decision on a subject. The DIW investigation now wants to show that personality traits also play a major role in the decision. This in turn could be used to better address and inform high school graduates, says study author Frauke Peter.

"If you also take into account and use the personality traits, greater support can be guaranteed."
Frauke Peter, study author at DIW

Ideally, prospective students can be better informed and enlightened about a course, says Frauke Peter. And finally, find exactly the subject that suits you best.